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Construction of a short version of the MASQ using Rasch rating scale model
Journal of the Korean Data & Information Science Society 2019;30:611-29
Published online May 31, 2019;
© 2019 Korean Data and Information Science Society.

Sae Hyung Kim1 · Dongwook Cho2

1Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education, Chungbuk National University, 2Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Alcorn State University
Correspondence to: Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS 39096, America. E-mail:
Received February 20, 2019; Revised April 7, 2019; Accepted April 8, 2019.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
This study aimed to construct a short version of the Mood and Anxiety Symptom Questionnaire (MASQ) scale. The MASQ scale is composed of 62 items and three main domains. Rasch rating scale model was applied to construct a short version of the MASQ scale. A total of 680 adults was examined by the survey of Midlife in the United States Biomarker Project that the data was utilized from the inter-university consortium for political and social research. For this study, JMetrik 4.1.1 program was used to analyze data. The results indicated that 23 items of depression symptoms (DS) and anxious symptoms (AS) in the first domain were adjusted to the four-point scale and six items were removed. However, 22 items that measured loss of interest (LI) and high positive affect (HPA) in the second domain were not adjusted but it showed five inadequate items that were eliminated. Seventeen items of third domain which was anxious arousal (AA) were adjusted to three-point scales and six items were removed. Therefore, a total of 21 items was statistically removed from the 62 items and the remained 41 items were finally constructed as a short version of the MASQ scale.
Keywords : Anxious symptom, depressive symptom, MASQ scale, positive affect, Rasch rating scale model.